June 15, 2005

Bordeaux 2004

Still looking for something to get Dad? A bottle of wine is always an easy way out of that pickle. The key is to find something he wouldn’t pick up himself—say, something that costs more than he usually spends on himself, or something that he hasn’t discovered yet but tastes similar to the wines he usually drinks. And, of course, it’s always good if it’s something that no one else has on the block. This is where it’s tricky: how to get the hard-to-find? One way to do it is to buy wine that isn’t even on the shelf yet. It’s common practice for the sought-after wines of Bordeaux. By buying “futures”, you ensure yourself a supply of the rare wine (it’s often the only way to get your hands on it), and you get it at a reduced price. For the first time, Mondo Vino in Denver is offering futures on Bordeaux from the 2004 vintage, a year that lovers of classically proportioned Bordeaux (read: firm, tannic, and elegant, not big, honkin’ reds) will love. The prices are not for the faint of heart, but hey, this is your dad we’re talking about. They are taking orders until July 15 (303-458-3858); the wines will arrive in 2007. And then Dad will be the coolest guy on the block.

This first appeared in the Denver Post.

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